Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stressed “money is never a problem” when it comes to buying the right players as he hunts for a striker.
The Gunners boss has been criticised for not splashing the cash as much as his Premier League rivals in recent years and has only spent big on one player – Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach at around £30million – so far this summer.
Wenger is after more players, with a striker a priority, and he has been heavily linked with Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and Wolfsburg’s Julian Draxler. The Arsenal boss says he has no problem spending whatever it takes to land his targets but will always do his homework on players to make sure they suit before getting out the club’s cheque book.
He said: “The money is never a problem if you have to pay what is requested. The price of a player is down to four ingredients. One is the talent, two his age, three is how much you expect him to improve your team and four his resale value. If he ticks all four boxes then the price is not that important. You have to find the player.”
Speaking after the 8-0 friendly win over Viking on Friday, he added: “It’s not the prices, it’s the players.
“Today we didn’t have [Aaron] Ramsey, Xhaka, Alexis [Sanchez] – he will play on Sunday. We still have [Mesut] Ozil at home, and Giroud and [Laurent] Koscielny too.
“We also have young players who came on and did well. We do not have to panic but we are on alert in the transfer market so that we can make the right move when the opportunity comes up.”